Man accused in sailor's brutal murder dies after collapse at church

Thomas Solheim
Thomas Solheim

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The attorney for a 56-year-old man, who is accused of killing a sailor near Summerville in 1992, said that his client died after collapsing at a church.

Thomas Solheim, who was accused of the brutal rape and murder of James Horton, died on Thursday after collapsing in a New York church, according to Solheim's attorney, Andy Savage.

Along with Solheim, Konnie Glidden and Charles Welty are charged with raping, beating and killing Horton, who was discovered bound and shot to death in a ditch near Summerville in the fall of 1992.

Investigators say Horton's hands were tied around his back and he had been raped and beaten.

This past summer, Glidden and her attorney attempted to get a 2010 confession to the crime thrown out. Glidden claimed that her civil rights were were violated by investigators.

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